“If you feel afraid to learn, that's a sign to pick it up and move with your fear because you won't be able to discover more of yourself if we go ‘nah I'm scared of it’.”
Whakatū rākau is a Māori weaponry practice that draws on both masculine and feminine energies.
The art is alive and well through this young whānau who incorporate the practice in the homeschooling of their tamariki, and also when working with the many communities through their organisation, Tūrongo Collective.
“They’ve never known the truth, they’ve always known the Pākehā version.”
Kōhine Whakarua Ponika of Tūhoe and Ngāti Porou descent was an expert in song writing.
"We're trying to spark up people's life force to bring them back to fullness."